Best Christmas Movies Streaming Right Now

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

I don’t want to alarm you, but I have some shocking news: it’s currently the holiday season. Yes, I can’t believe it either, but here we are. The utterly bonkers year that was 2017 is almost gone, but before it goes we’ll have to muddle through the holiday season somehow. The holidays can be a stressful time for some people: there’s the hassle of finding the perfect gift for loved ones, mixed with lousy weather, congested traffic and the existential dread of the looming new year. My advice? Relieve some of that stress with movies. After all, movies are the reason for the season (please don’t correct me on this, I’m sure this is correct).

In the spirit of giving, I’ve compiled a list of Christmas movies for you to stream as we run out the clock on 2017. These aren’t your traditional Christmas movies, though. The films compiled here are primarily what I’d like to call alternative Christmas movies. In other words, a lot of these are Christmas movies for people who don’t like Christmas movies. But don’t worry, I made sure to throw in one or two traditional tales of holiday cheer just in case.

Here are the best Christmas movies streaming right now! Let’s get streaming.

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Scott Frank interview

Godless, the acclaimed new miniseries now streaming on Netflix, first came into being years ago when writer, director, and creator, Scott Frank wrote a feature script pitting Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell) and the town of La Belle against the wrath of Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels). Despite all the talent that became involved, the western struggled to get made as a film. After years of trying and directing two exceptional films, Frank brought the project to Netflix, where he was finally able to tell his original story on a grand scale.

Even the magnitude of Griffin’s towering presence helps make Godless bigger in scope. Some of the characters are as epic as the landscapes – Frank doesn’t really mind if Netflix customers experience them on an iPhone. He recently told us about the series’ journey to Netflix, the exeprience of shooting a mammoth of a western, and much more.

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Martin Scorsese Silence streaming

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Happy Holidays, I guess. As we wind down the clock on this garbage year, let us take time to appreciate the few good things in life: movies. Where would we be without movies? The answer, I think, is the grave. Or maybe I’m exaggerating. Either way, there’s something comforting about tuning out the world for two hours or so and engrossing yourself in a moving piece of entertainment (unless you’re one of those jerks who looks at their phone through an entire movie; stop that, kids).

If you’re looking for some streaming recommendations as the days grow shorter and winter arrives, look no further. I’ve assembled a hearty helping of films for you to sample. There’s a new Martin Scorsese masterpiece, a Shane Black comedy, a film about a ranting, raving president (no, not the current one), a suburban Western, and more! Here are the best movies streaming right now! So let’s get streaming.

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‘Deadwood’ Movie Stares Down a Fall 2018 Start Date

Deadwood movie

Here’s another reason to crawl out of bed in the morning. Or at least, an excuse to to stay in bed and try to hibernate for the next year or so. A new report claims that HBO is finally ready to move forward with the long-planned Deadwood movie, with cameras possibly rolling late next year.

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Hostiles trailer

Christian Bale reunites with Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper for Hostiles, a grim and gritty existential Western that looks like its striving to become a sweeping epic. Bale plays an Army captain tasked with escorting a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Many shots of lonely vistas follow, which you can see on display in a new Hostiles trailer.

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Westworld Season 2 date

Other than a brief teaser, we’ve had very little word on the second season of HBO’s hit sci-fi drama Westworld. While details of the highly-anticipated new season are still being kept under lock and key, we at least now know when we’ll be seeing Westworld season 2, thanks to star Evan Rachel Wood. Wood confirmed the Westworld season 2 premiere time on her Twitter account.

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Godless trailer

When filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Logan Lucky) gets involved in a project, I pay attention. When that project happens to be a western, a genre I’ve always loved…well, I’m hooked already.

Such is the case with Godless, a Netflix limited series Soderbergh is producing for writer/director Scott Frank (The Lookout). The streaming service has just unveiled a full-length trailer for the new show, and since it follows a group of women running a New Mexico town and taking a stand against a group of male outlaws, it seems like exactly the kind of story we need right now. Take a look for yourselves and see what I mean below.
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David Fincher Deadwood

From the “what could have been” department comes news that David Fincher almost directed the pilot episode of HBO’s excellent Shakespearian Western Deadwood. Fincher revealed in a new interview that he came very close to helming the Deadwood pilot, but sadly this never came to pass. Get the David Fincher Deadwood details below.

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godless trailer

Neo-Westerns and Western remakes abound, but you’d be hard pressed to find a good old-fashioned original Western right now. Steven Soderbergh, who after a brief flirtation with his old feature film haunts with Logan Lucky, has returned to the television world to offer you just that.

Soderbergh is producing Godless, a new limited series on Netflix created by Scott Frank (co-writer of this year’s genre-bending superhero hit Logan). The streaming service has just dropped a teaser trailer for the series, and it’s just as dusty and grim as you’d expect from a straight Western, with Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery, and Jack O’Connell leading the star-studded cast.

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hostiles review

“The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted.” So begins the epigraph of Scott Cooper’s Hostiles, a Western that explores America’s then-undeveloped territories as a fertile ground for nihilism, despair and self-reflection. Gone is the frontier myth of endless possibility and opportunity, replaced by a plot that is quite literally a march towards death.

As his final assignment, Christian Bale’s hardened Captain Joseph Blocker gets charged to return Adam Studi’s ailing war chief Yellow Hawk back to his tribe’s sacred land in the Montana territory. It’s a ferrying operation of the direst degree, and one that Joseph approaches with a fair amount of trepidation. He knows the route and the perils inherent in crossing this way. In order to let Yellow Hawk die with dignity, many others may die along the way getting there.

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